He had translated about a third of the book of mormon into afrikaans, but it had been a long, tedious effort, and it was imperative that the translation be completed without further delay so that the building up of the church in south africa could progress with greater speed and with every possible advantage. Start studying book of mormon final byu pierce fall 2016. What is the nature and use of chariots in the book of. Last time i went through it was on the vaunted subject of chiasmus, which the saints find. Unless otherwise indicated, the translation was financed and the resulting text published by the church of jesus christ. The book of mormon was first published in early 1830, prior to. Book of mormon translation lds church is true blog. As of april 2011, the book of mormon has been published in its entirety in 82 languages, with selections of the book available in an additional 25 languages. It was first published in march 1830 by joseph smith as the book of mormon.
Joseph smiths translation and publication of the book of mormon by michael hubbard mackay and gerrit j. The book of mormon drove a wedge between the latterday saints and the rest of protestant america, which defended the bible as the sole word of god. Not long after the book of mormon was published in 1830, latterday saints began to gather in jackson county, missouri, where they hoped to build a community in which they could worship freely. The factitious unsupported idea that someone else wrote the book of mormon.
When joseph smith translated the book of mormon, there had been no significant discoveries of ancient manuscripts. A young armenian holding a copy of the book of mormon only recently translated into his language approaches a member of the team who assisted with the translating. By the power of god, through the holy spirit, how else. On the other hand, if its origin is godgiven, then joseph smith was a prophet, and if he was a prophet, then the church of jesus christ of latterday saints is true. Almost all of the book of mormon as we now have it was translated between 7 april and 30 june 1829. Unless otherwise indicated, the translation was financed and the resulting text published by the church of jesus christ of. The book of mormon is a record of the forefathers of our western tribes of indians. The lds church states that more than 150 million copies of the book of mormon have been distributed as of 2011. The factitious unsupported idea that the book of mormon was plagiarized from other books.
The factitious unsupported idea that joseph smith, alleged to be an ignorant man, wrote the book of mormon 2. Special features how did four actors from the same high school all get cast in book of mormon. Here are a few languages the book of mormon is translated into that you may not have known about. The book of mormon was written for the intent that we may believe the bible, morm. Ill add a note that ive seen at least a dozen incomplete translations selections from the book of mormon into more obscure languages. The means he lied over 7,200 times to everyone thats ever read his version of the gosopel. Now i know that it is the most correct book ever written. The nepali translation marks the churchs 111th translation of the book of mormon and the latest translation since the kosraean translation published more than 12 years ago. Smith translated the ancient language into english through divine revelation. As a result, if the book of mormon can be proved to be manmade, then the church is manmade. The miraculous translation of the book of mormon into.
Much can be known about the coming forth of the english text of the book of mormon through a careful study of. I used to believe that the book of mormon was the most correct book ever written. As of 2015, the book of mormon has been translated into 110 different languages spoken by over 76 percent of the worlds population, truly beginning to bring the book of mormon to, all nations, kindreds, tongues and people. He translated the book of mormon as it was on the plates. Your post takes away from joseph smith being a prophet and god himself. Translating the book of mormon into other languages commenced relatively soon after the first publication in 1830. Don bradley and mark ashurstmcgee, joseph smith and the kinderhook plates, in a reason for faith. Also, see the lds churchs essay on the book of mormon translation on. How long did it take joseph smith to translate the book of. Fourteen centuries later, in 1823, the angel moroni led joseph smith to the plates hidden in a hillside in upstate new york. Often, when we think about the translation of the book of mormon, we immediately think of how joseph smith miraculously translated its reformed egyptian characters into english. Joseph smith said that the book of mormon translation was performed by the gift and power of god the lost 116 pages of the book of mormon manuscript.
These plates were part of the record from which joseph smith translated the book of mormon. The book of mormon is a sacred text of the latter day saint movement, which, according to adherents, contains writings of ancient prophets who lived on the american continent from approximately 2200 bc to ad 421. Before that, from 12 april to 14 june 1828, joseph had translated the 116 pages that martin harris lost when he borrowed them to show to members of his family. With this new translation, saints in nepal are better equipped to follow president thomas s. America reads and the book of mormon religious studies. The translation of the book of mormon into afrikaans. For example, when joseph translated the text now in 1 nephi. In it, joseph is receiving revelation from god telling oliver he is blessed with a gift of a divining rod. From time to time there are those who wish to rewrite the book of mormon into familiar or modern english. The great worth of the book of mormon is that it is another testament of jesus christ. The story recounted as a faith promoting aspect of this that he translated the text from english first into ancient egyptian, and then from there into afrikaans, and the text was. Divining rods were believed to have power to help farmers locate where to dig to find water. The book of mormon did not get translated from reformed egyptian into english.
Some had waited all of their lifetimes to read the book of mormon in afrikaans. Monsons council in his april 2017 general conference address. The kjv was translated into english as used at the time of king james. Why was a stone used as an aid in translating the book of mormon.
I understand mesoamerica theory no longer has a leg to stand. The material below covers the geography of the book of mormon in north america. According to the text of the book of mormon, the word mormon stems from the land of mormon, where the prophet alma preached the gospel and baptized converts. Learn vocabulary, terms, and more with flashcards, games, and other study tools. Nothing is magical, and the urim and thummim, the seer stone, etc. Greek and latin in the book of mormon life after ministry.
The book of mormon narrates the historical, religious, political, and military events that shaped and continue to inform the churchs teachings. In 1851 the book of mormon was translated into danish, its first translation to a nonenglish language. And that a man would get closer to god by abiding by its precepts than by any other book, that is, until i learned that it didnt pass the bechdel test. When did joseph smith write the book of mormon answers. Why did the book of mormon come forth as a miracle. Book of mormon final byu pierce fall 2016 flashcards quizlet. How did four actors from the same high school all get cast. Others have since translated the book of mormon into nearly 100 different languages. The use of objects in the translation were only to help focusing on the work. An account written by the hand of mormon upon plates taken from the plates of nephi. Once we have a foundational testimony of the book of mormon, then.
The term mormon is taken from the title of the book of mormon, a sacred text adherents believe to have been translated from golden plates which had their location revealed by an angel to joseph smith and published in 1830. Book of mormon written in modernday english grace for grace. The book of mormon contains 15 books which are divided into chapters and verses. Every time i think ive read it for the last time, some new topic of consideration comes up and find myself going through it again. The book is divided into smaller books that read as narratives. The lord covenanted with enos to bring forth the book of mormon to the lamanites, enos 1. Most lds church members were taught that joseph smith used seer stones referred to as the urim and thummim nephite interpreters to translate the book of mormon bom 1 to various scribes. The book of mormon and the bible will grow together, 2 ne. I will now give you a description of the manner in which the book of mormon was translated. The book of mormon has been translated in its entirety into 97 languages.
Because joseph smith was a contemporary of the early 19th century the english is much closer to our own english usages. Joseph smith would put the seer stone into a hat, and put his face in the hat, drawing it closely around his face to exclude the light. According to the book of mormon where did the native. Of course, the value of the book of mormon lies not in the miracle of its translation, miraculous as it was. At times, joseph did not even look at the plates to translate. Joseph smith was a seer able to translate the golden plates into the book of mormon by his seer abilities not by the plates themselves. Book of mormon translator converted the mormon urban. Elder christofferson gives saints first copies of the book. While some critics try to use this story as evidence that everything about joseph smith was a fraud, the historical evidence suggests that joseph ultimately did not fall for the hoaxhe never tried to purchase the plates, hire scribes, and go into translation mode, like he did with the ancient egyptian papyri. The weight of the book of mormon gold plates book of mormon translation timeframe. In 2001, the lds church reported that all or part of the book of mormon was available in the native language of 99 percent of latterday saints and 87 percent of the worlds total population. These tables show all the versions of the book of mormon that have been translated.
Its four major authorsnephi, jacob, mormon, and moroniwere all eyewitnesses of the lord, as was joseph, the inspired translator of that book. In this way, the book of mormon gives a robust theological account of the era of its own emergence. Since the translation of the plates came out in 1611 kjv english and the church cant produce the plates for the public to see, were left with looking at the translated words we find in the book of mormon today. Archaeological and historical evidence where did the. How did joseph smith translate the plates from which the. We discourage this type of publication and call attention to the fact that the book of mormon was translated by the gift and power of god, who has declared that it is true. Eyewitness descriptions of the gold plates from which the book of mormon was translated. Joseph smith received with the breastplate and the plates of the book of mormon, the urim and thummim, which were hid up by moroni to come forth in the last days as a means by which the ancient record might be translated, which urim and thummim were given to the brother of jared. Deseret book and byu religious studies center, 2016, 93115 mark alan wright, joseph smith and native american artifacts, in approaching antiquity. This whole concept of finding the book of mormon on plates is a sham. The book of mormon was translated by joseph smith from plates given to him by an angel.
Portions of the book have been translated into another 20 languages. The book of mormon, i believe, speaks to modern readers with remarkable strength. Why i dont believe joseph smith translated the book of. The ancient doctrine of the two ways and the book of mormon. The urim and thummim was preserved in a stone box, along with the gold plates, for over 1,500 years for the purpose of enabling joseph to translate the writings on the. Book of mormon latterday commentary last days signs. More insight into the book of mormon translation process might come from the original book of commandments. The lords words will hiss forth unto the ends of the earth, 2 ne.720 479 1376 1313 1394 1539 1531 287 1056 805 161 1448 1394 1460 292 706 412 979 1414 471 691 1617 595 626 1292 1561 1521 337 1470 1521 846 469 1365 505 414 800 360 382 1232